Simon Gault is one of the leading lights in New Zealand’s culinary scene. Simon is a chef and restauranteur that has worked both in New Zealand and internationally at a vast array of establishments including Leiths restaurant in London and at the prestigious, Michelin-starred Thornbury Castle. He has also formally been the personal chef to the likes of billionaire Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, and prior to that, personal chef to Simon Fuller. Simon is a global culinary superstar who has a remarkable talent for bringing together tastes and techniques from around the world. When asked what his favourite recipe was, Kevin Roberts, Worldwide CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi, replied ‘Simon Gault’s telephone number’.
Simon is former Executive Chef of the Nourish Group, a collection of multi-award winning restaurant brands that includes Euro Bar & Restaurant, FISH and Jervois Steakhouse in Auckland, Bistro Lago in Taupo, Jervois Steak House in Queenstown and Shed 5, Pravda and The Crab Shack in Wellington and Auckland.
Simon has proved himself to be an innovator, a pioneer and a leader over many years and along the way his talents have been recognised by the industry, winning the New Zealand Restaurant Association Innovator of the Year Award, the Lewisham Awards, Chef of the Year and Outstanding Hospitality Personality of the Year. He was inducted into the New Zealand Restaurant Association Hall of Fame, named as the Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in the Services Category and most recently honoured with the 2015 AUT School of Hospitality and Tourism award for Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality and Tourism Community.
Simon also owns Sous Chef, a fine foods import, distribution, deli shop and online food company that brings you the best in high quality ingredients from artisan producers the world over and he’s been enjoying his latest project Simon Gault Home Cuisine. A range of home wares available through Briscoes and supermarket products that currently include flavoursome stocks and seasonings.
Simon is well known for fronting Television New Zealand’s Masterchef New Zealand over five seasons and starring in his hit television series Chef on a Mission. Watch out for his latest project coming to Prime TV later in 2016, a documentary series Why Are We Fat?
He has been a food columnist in New Zealand Woman’s Weekly and is the author of four bestselling cookbooks including Simon Gault Homemade and Modern Classics. He also enjoys his role as ambassador for leading brands Alfa Romeo and SMEG.
Simon enjoys sharing his boundless enthusiasm for food, letting people experience food in a different way and getting people excited to get back into the kitchen and giving it a go.